Can AI Replace Therapy?

Hey Pi is the Conversational Chatbot that Works

Ginger Liu. M.F.A.
Technology Hits
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5 min readJul 19, 2023

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My Ph.D. research examines how AI technology is used to represent who we are and support people when they are bereaved or grieving. For the past 150 years, photography has been a phenomenal technology that can replicate who we are in a two-dimensional form and act as a vessel for memory, which by the very nature of the action and reproduction of a photographic image, places the subject in the past. Photography has impacted all our lives by identifying who we are, capturing life experiences, and how we remember the dead. All that is about to change.

The integration of AI conversational chatbots like ChatGPT in mental health apps aims to screen for or support individuals dealing with grief, isolation, mild depression, or anxiety. By tracking and analyzing human emotions, these apps use machine learning technology to monitor a user’s mood or replicate a human therapist’s interactions. Although this technology presents opportunities to overcome financial and logistical barriers to care, skeptics argue that algorithms are still unable to accurately read and respond to the complexity of human emotion or provide empathetic care.

Critics are concerned that vulnerable groups like teenagers may turn away from other mental health interventions after using AI-driven therapy that falls…

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Ginger Liu. M.F.A.
Technology Hits

Top Writer. CEO/Founder Hollywood GME. Writer/Researcher Photo/Film Artificial Intelligence Grief Death Tech Podcaster. https://medium.com/@gingerliu/subscribe